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Friday, April 6, 2018

ADO + Jon Eisener team up for trippy new video

Digital cheese dominates grimy clip for "Grind That Shit Up Already (Smooth It Out With Some Cheese REPRISE)"

Posted By on Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 9:22 AM

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ADO AKA Nathan Doucet has created a challenge for himself in 2018: Release a new five-song EP every month. The project kicked off in January with The Groove is fukd, followed by February’s Hacker Music and Matrix, which dropped on March 31.

“Right now the MO—I kinda wanna change it now, but I still like this vision—this goal of it being five off-the-top-of-the-head drum tracks that I am then forced to write to,” says Doucet, who drums in many local projects including Heaven For Real and Eddy. “I usually record those drum tracks in the first week, then I have three weeks to mull over them and write to them. But they have to be out by midnight on the last day of the month.” (Matrix is already an exception to this process; it was made in five days.)

“Last year was a very, very difficult year for myself and a wider community I am a part of,” says Doucet. “It’s been a struggle. I feel like all of us are trying to come up with ways to penetrate whatever negativity we’re feeling in any way. For me, I’m always bustling, my energy at this point just takes over and I can’t do anything about it and I need to plug into things.”

Today ADO releases the video for “Grind That Shit Up Already (Smooth It Out With Some Cheese REPRISE)” from The Groove is fukd. Directed by Jon Eisener, it follows Doucet around a snowstorm and into a warehouse, with a giant slice of digital Swiss appearing at certain intervals.

“It’s supposed to be super-fun. I hope people laugh a lot,” says Doucet. “Jon’s an amazing, hilarious guy who has an amazing ability for animation. I think we’re sort of obsessed with cyber realities as well. For me, I think he saw my plan and what I wanted to do for music and was spurred in some sense to be like 'Let’s make something. If it’s about immediacy and producing, we’re sick of sitting around.’ I know it’s absurd but it’s about obsession, love, capturing and achieving a vision. And being totally mixed up in a cyber reality.”

Eisener, Doucet says, would say “‘There’s a study in reality manipulation, public perception and cyber styles and attitudes.’  There’s metaphorical content in those phrases, but you can also directly link it to Jon is an animator and literally manipulating reality.”

Get all of ADO's output to date here. Watch the video now:


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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Video premiere: The Brood's "First Day of School"

Pack your damned backpack

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 12:51 PM

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Sit down and have a watch of The Brood's extremely timely video for "First Day of School", directed by bassist Billy Habib-Taylor, a song off of its upcoming album Transistor, due for release October 27, with an album release party at Riverport's Old Confidence Lodge on October 28. Tickets will go on sale September 5.

"First Day of School" has a nostalgic poignancy while simultaneously making me happy as heck that I'm not in school right now. Showcasing The Brood's inimitable psych-prog-experimental weirdness and stunning musical chops, Transistor will cover such disparate themes as "being out of touch, living with your parents as an adult, celebrity chefs, the rigors of bars and partying, and experiences from school in the now distant past," says guitarist and vocalist Seamus Erskine. As well as "vacation, road trips and destinations."

"Sometimes we'll just be jamming together and we'll come across something that will turn into another thing. The lyrical themes that come about can be directly traced to the media we're consuming at the time," says Erskine  "The track 'Munchies' was inspired by an episode of the Vice Youtube show 'Chef's Night Out.' We were just jamming one day and then over the next year we developed the musical arrangement."

"'First Day of School' went through a lot of musical arrangements—but it was written around late summer because of that 'back to school' feeling."

After the release, the band will perform at the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in Fredericton, then Hamburg, Germany's Reeperbahn Festival.


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Friday, August 18, 2017

Watch: Ritchcraft's "Park Bench (Let Go)"

Dance moves straight ahead

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 12:32 PM

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Ritchcraft’s (AKA James Ritchie) newest single, sounds surprisingly happy for being about something so sad. “Park Bench (Let Go)” is the latest from the Haligonian producer and musician, and it’s about that most fertile of songwriting territory—love lost. “The entire song is about an ex-girlfriend,” Ritchie says. “I had a tough break up some years ago and although difficult at the time, my life began to change for the better from that point. This song is in a way an ode to her.”

Ritchcraft’s “unique upbeat groove inspired music” has been influenced by the likes of “Pharrell and Timbaland. Everything influences my music, every sound around us has a frequency and a pitch and the more I listened and trained my ears to be conscious at all times the more fine tuned and precise my music production became,” he says. “Currently i'm listening to Goldlink, Masego, JMSN, Anderson .Paak, Vince Staples, Tom Misch and Jacob Banks.”

Shot by Chandler Haliburton and edited by Ritchie, the video features Ritchcraft's irreverent Drake-esque dance moves and a lush nod to end of summer beauty.

Expect an EP from Ritchcraft in the fall, called Intrigue.


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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Watch: Wordburglar's "NARC HI-Score (In Nintendo Power)"

Then go play a video game

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 4:44 PM

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The DCAF kick off party with Wordburglar, Coins, The Bad Nintendos, Vadell Gabriel, Komissar, Breaks Breen
Friday, August 11 at 9pm
Gus' Pub and Grill, 2605 Agricola Street
$5 advance at Strange Adventures (both locations), $7 at the door


The Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival gets things going with a night of nerd-core noise from the likes of Wordburglar (who'll also be dropping a new album at the show), Coins, The Bad Nintendos, Vadell Gabriel and more.


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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Westvilladelphia, born and raised

Check out Anewbis' new album and latest music video.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 4:50 PM

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If you zipped through our New Music playlist with ease, we have a little something extra for your ears. 

Andrew Johnson—a Westville-born hip hop artist who goes by the name Anewbis—just launched his debut album. Johnson first hit the stage last September, opening for Quake Matthews and Kayo at The Commune in New Glasgow.

Johnson’s album, Tha Fre​$​h Prince of Wel​-​Fair, came out on June 25. Dane Richard produced the tracks. Johnson also collaborated with Mitchell Paquette (AKA Chell) and Jordan Mackie (simply known as Mackie). It’s available on Bandcamp for free.

There’s “a song to fit each mood,” explains Johnson, including everything from party jams to satirical songs.

“The purpose of this album was so that there’s music available so anyone and everyone can find my music online,” he says. Folks can “download and check it out before they actually go and purchase future albums that I release.”

For a chance to see Johnson think (and rap) on his feet, hit up Hugo’s Bar and Grill in August. He’ll be participating in his first rap battle through Rhyme and Punishment Battle League.

“Westvilladelphia” is Johnson’s most popular song so far, and you can take a peek at the music video below to see (and listen) for yourself.


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Friday, August 19, 2016

Down memory lane with The Tragically Hip

26-year-old concert footage shows a hairy Gord Downie in Halifax.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 4:46 PM

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Think back. Before The Tragically Hip was an icon. Before Gord Downie’s brain cancer diagnosis became another reminder how hard 2016 has been on legendary musicians. And long, long before The Hip’s farewell concert in Kingston turned into a much-anticipated national live streaming event. Back in 1990, The Hip was just a good rock band fronted by a great poet, relentlessly touring bars to build its name. So it played venues like Halifax’s Misty Moon, from whence a Reddit thread recently brought to light an hour-long Hip concert that Much Music filmed 26 years ago (embedded below).

The Moon was a horrible, wonderful place with the sort of almost-free happy hour drink prices that are now illegal, and a mandate to put on live music in order to justify its open-to-the-wee-hours liquor license. Located where the Discovery Centre is now, just down Barrington Street from Grand Parade where tomorrow’s concert will be shown, it collected a large and diverse crowd as lesser bars closed for the night. In this way, it was a discovery centre of another kind, my illustrative Moon experience involving a friend who left the bar after a consensual encounter and walked straight to the emergency room to get an STI treated.

Certainly the Moon audience for The Hip’s concert seems into the show. “It’s powerful warm in here,” says a sweat-drenched Downie at 36:14, before introducing “a song about a dude who I don’t really know, but I lived close to for a while.” That would be “38 Years Old,” far more familiar to us now than the long hair Downie’s sporting on stage.

I wasn’t at that show. My Hip appreciation came years later, forged during an assignment to cover the band about to embark on yet another tour. The musicians, the roadies, management and media gathered in Saint John for a few days before the tour kicked off at the Harbour Station arena. The first night, the hotel bar closed at its normal time—too early—and I went back to Downie’s room to wind down with some Scrabble. He played the seven-letter “encages” to start the game.

By the second night in Saint John, arrangements had been made. The hotel bar stayed open past its bedtime. Hell, it stayed open past my bedtime. For all I know, it didn’t close. And why would it? For the king of bar bands, the party is never supposed to end.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

You even dance, bro? Watch this photo montage of The Jam

Halifax's north end dance party celebrates its second anniversary on June 17

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 12:39 PM

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For the last two years, three Halifax DJs have been bringing the literal and metaphorical jams almost once a month to Michael's Bar & Grill (#RIP), briefly to Reflections and then finally The Seahorse, where the last several Jams have been 'jammed' to capacity. On June 17, DJ T-Woo (Trevor Wood), DJ Okay TK (TK Thorpe) and DJ Loukas Stilldrunk (Loukas Crowther) will celebrate this milestone with a special edition of The Jam to say thank you for the good times. For something extra special, Crowther has made this sweet montage of hot pics by Phototype (Andrew Donovan and Crissie Brenton) and I don't know about you, but I'm sweatin'. 

Not only has The Jam invited some of the best DJs in Canada (shout out Nick Bike) and the world (shout out Just Blaze) to spin, there's been so much local talent onstage, from DJ IV, Cam Anderson and Gwen West to Uncle Fester and Zora the Sultan, and of course, our gracious hosts, playing funk, house, Madonna and everything in between. You even dance, bro? 

"T-Woo started this whole journey, and let's be honest, it's the only good thing he's ever done with his life," says Crowther. "It's been two years of sweaty parties, sweatier after-parties, barely remembered after-after-parties and regrettable hangovers." But beyond the music, there's you, the beautiful person who shows up month after month and dances til you're soaked and covered in Horsepower: "You guys make this all worthwhile. Without you we are nothing," says Crowther. 

So smash that hecking 'going' button at The Jam's Two Year Anniversary (Vol 24) to get the scoop on share contests and other stuff. I've heard there are prizes and surprises, too. It'll be dope.

THE JAM - TWO YEARS from Loukas Crowther on Vimeo.



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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Watch this new video "Wishing Well" from The Everywheres

This live rock performance video was filmed and edited by Jeff Miller

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2016 at 11:20 AM

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Last month, Halifax psych-rock-weirdos The Everywheres released the full-length Dignity Fever, recorded around Halifax and the South Shore, to much praise and surprise. Production-wise, it's sharp as hell; thematically, the eight tracks roam around what it's like to live in Halifax.

Sometimes, spending time in Halifax means making music with your friends. Filmed and edited by video superstar Jeff Miller, "We did the video in my living room on Yukon Street one Saturday night this winter," says songwriter and vocalist Sam Hill. "It's a pretty jovial atmosphere for a sad song." I guess living in Halifax also means slinkin' around and freaking out the squares, man. 



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Monday, April 25, 2016

Watch Dave Sampson's new video for "Rumours & The Truth"

The Cape Bretoner got honest in an old Sydney gymnasium during East Coast Music Week

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 1:00 PM

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Today at The Coast, you can watch the new video for Dave Sampson's "Rumours & The Truth," a song from his album, which will be released in the fall. Unlike his last video, "Fireflies," there isn't a cute kitty in this one, but it does feature the Holy Angels High School gym. The video was shot by Matt Barkely (Bad Fun Media) in Sydney during East Coast Music Week

Co-written with Grammy-winner Gordie Sampson and singer Eric Stephen Martin, "The song is about how quickly rumours and stories spread through small towns and how these stories slowly become fabricated until it's basically bullshit," Sampson explains. "And it's hard to differentiate between the rumours and the truth." That small-town habit can cause a lot of pain.

Sampson will perform on June 2 with Ria Mae at The Seahorse. Until then, have a listen to his songs (including his track on Classified's "No Pressure") and watch this latest, moving video.





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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A touch of Class: David Myles and his new EP Here Now

The singer-songwriter turns up for six songs produced by hometown rapper Classified

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 3:28 PM

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This month, Halifax singer-songwriter David Myles released Here Now, a six-song EP produced by hometown rapper and his good friend Luke Boyd, AKA Classified. It's not a huge departure for Myles; his previous releases have always had a jazz-folk vibe, influenced by his love of R&B. But on this collaboration, Myles offers something a bit more hip-hop and mod-pop.  

"It's definitely more amped-up," says Myles, on the phone from his van while touring in rural Alberta. "It draws on the feeling of being out. It's not necessarily a quiet bedroom record this time." Myles explains that those sonic elements of partying at the club, conveyed through Boyd's hip-hop drums, beats and female R&B vocals, is reflected across the EP's aesthetic. "I wanted to tie that in through the neon sign, the idea of going out," he says. "The neon sign also has a cool throwback thing, and it's real! We actually got it made! It's a six-by-eight legit sign."

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While working on the EP's visual concept, Myles and his designer Mat Dunlap went for a walk to discuss how the record should look: "Mat's closely connected to everything I do, and he got what I was going for with this record. And the idea of neon just made sense. It's an upbeat record, it's a pop record, and I was like, 'oh my god, this is great.' Let's actually make the sign!" So Myles got a sign company in Burnside to make the sign for the album's cover, and to use live. "But it was a bit like that Spinal Tap joke," he says, laughing. In the 1984 mockumentary, the band orders stage props that arrive way too small. "But the sign is actually so huge, it's going to be hard to move around. But it's also really fun and so cool, and I think it shows how I've gotten behind new music in a different way. I've started to embrace contemporary music." 

Myles has always been a huge record collector and music fan, but working with Boyd opened up his appreciation of modern pop. "I've always had a fondness for R&B, like Boyz II Men, for example. Nineties R&B was a big part of my world, Maestro Fresh Wes was one one of my first CDs, and I've always loved the structure of pop music, like Smokey Robinson and Chuck Berry and the like. But Luke is a huge connoisseur of hip-hop and rap, of course, so that came together for us in the studio, and we really liked that energy together."

In various ways, Myles and Boyd have worked together for seven years or so. Boyd first approached him to play trumpet and they got along so well, they continued working together. In 2013, the duo released the collaborative single "Inner Ninja" and it was an unexpected success. 

"It had a sense of what we thought was special between us," Myles explains, "It was a risky song. It doesn't feel like that now, but it was quite different for both  me and him. I felt like it was something magical and its popularity reassured our instincts that we really work well together."

So when it came time for Myles to put together a new release, he and Boyd got busy in the studio and spent a long time working on Here Now. Myles took full songs to Boyd and the producer's input helped shape the overall sound of the record, while pushing Myles to new places.

"He really thinks about how the song feels," says Myles. "He knows how people hear music, and he can feel music in a different way than most musicians I've worked with. He's not as concerned with the individual parts, he steps back and that's his strength. He'll say he wants something darker, and I'll double the chords. I come at it with musical theory, and he has a great perspective in terms of sensing the energy. Some of the high singing, I hadn't done before, and so I'm just letting it rip and that was because Luke was like, let's just go for it. When you respect who you work with and you feel really confident, that's when the magic happens. Your team's opinion is so precious."


The EP is a partnership that grew from longtime musical jiving, and it reflects the influences of both Myles and Boyd, while staying true to Myles' verse-chorus-verse songwriting style. 

"I always liked 'Doctor Doctor,' especially," says Myles. "The song is a cool mix of our two worlds and it's like an old throwback soul song. It's got hip-hop drums, it feels contemporary, it's got trumpet on it. It feels like hip-hop and chill R&B. I love D'Angelo and Sade, so it was a different approach, vocally, and it's really laid back. It might not be the radio single, but I do really love it." 

To incorporate more of that R&B style, Myles has been performing with Dartmouth soul and R&B singers Reeny and Mahalia Smith: "They're sick, they're crazy, crazy singers and it's super fun," says Myles. "The whole Smith family is remarkably musical. Their brother JR is an amazing drummer, too. It's been a real joy working with them, as well." Myles is on tour in Alberta now, but he'll return home to Halifax soon to spent the summer with his family while promoting the EP. 

"I've been working really hard this year, we've been on the road since September, and the reason why we love living in the Maritimes is because the summers kick so much butt, so I'm looking forward to reconnecting with friends in Halifax and playing some summer festivals," he says. 

Here Now is here, now, via iTunes, and you can watch Myles perform the songs live from the EP on his website. Keep an eye out for his new video with Boyd, directed by Jason Levangie



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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Watch Chloe x Halle's new video for "Drop"

The debut video for Beyoncé's recent teen signees was directed by Halifax's Andrew Hines

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2016 at 4:03 PM

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Here's a local connection: yesterday, sister-singer duo Chloe x Halle released a video for "Drop", directed by Halifax's Andrew Hines. It's an absolutely stunning visual that complements an incredibly stunning song. Last year, after millions of views on their homemade Youtube videos, and a gorgeous cover of Beyoncé's  "Pretty Hurts"Chloe and Halle Bailey were signed to Bey's new label Parkwood Entertainment. You can't get a more powerful co-sign than that, and the girls just performed at South By Southwest for Michelle Obama. The sky's the limit. 

For another local connection, the video for their debut single was edited by Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun) after it was filmed at Big Sky Movie Ranch, where Django Unchained and Transformers went down. The aesthetic of "Drop" is all about lush landscapes, gorgeous textures and rich colours; the song is unbelievably mature. Move over Rae Sremmurd. 

It's no surprise that "Drop" is so aesthetically captivating and symbolically heavy—Hines has been killing the music video game for the past few years. His black-and-white masterpiece for Big Sean's "One Man Can Change The World" (featuring Kanye West) won a 2015 MTV Music Award for Best Video with a Social Message and his video for A$AP Ferg's "Shabba Ranks" is still hot with fire. You can watch more of Hine's videos here, but for right now, watch "Drop" and keep your ears open for more from these queens. 



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Thursday, March 31, 2016

#ICYMI: Seth Smith's new flick, new Stickswork mix and more

Check out these super freaky local film and music releases from this month

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 3:03 PM

This March (#RIP) was a super freaky month for local releases in film, video and music. In this edition of In Case You Missed It (#ICYMI), you can get freaked out by the following: 

Seth Smith's new short film The Brym
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The creator of 2012 indie feature and slime-fest Lowlife, Seth Smith released his new four-minute short The Brym this month and, like much of his work, it's spooky and unsettling as fuck. The Brym channels the vibes of his other stuff, like his 2015 short Wind Through A Tree, the incredible film-noir I Am Coming to Paris to Kill You and my favourite music video of all-time, Monomyth's "Patsy." This one is a "fucked-up fable" that draws on shoreline mythologies in a way that's both visually stunning and creepy as hell. WATCH IT HERE


Walrus' new video for "Wearing It" 

Yesterday, Halifax rock band Walrus announced they've signed to Dan Mangan's label, Madic Records. Nice one, b'ys. Last week, in the middle of a Canadian tour with some opening dates for Wintersleep, the band released a new video for "Wearing It," their first video ever and the first track from their upcoming EP Goodbye Something (out on April 29). Directed by Jeff Miller, the video freaks out the squares with psychedelic visuals. Walrus don't let us down


A new album, Mums Drums, by Stickswork
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Last week, Stickswork (Jay Andrews) released his new album, Mums Drums, a multi-instrumental free mix by the Halifax-born, Toronto-livin' musician. It's pretty banging, and it uses over 230 samples from all over the place. Part of the fun of mash-ups like these is trying to pinpoint that familiar sound. Part of the skill of mash-ups like these is making it work. In this case, it Sticks-works. Lol @ me. I really love the "679" part. And the Q-Tip/U2. I actually love it all.



New Negative Circles tape, Twenty 3 Songs

Halifax's now-defunct punk band (depunked band?) Negative Circles recently put out a new compilation tape of all their releases: a six-song debut, one single, a Live on CKDU thing and two "horribly blown-out tracks" from a basement, making up Twenty 3 Songs. Does that actually add up? Me can't count. For real, this is stripped-down and FUCKING RIPS 2011 to 2013. Plus, "This band's got that Cody Googoo guy on guitar," says the YouTube blurb. Get at him for tapes. 


Send new music releases and other shit to adria@thecoast.ca. 


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Monday, March 28, 2016

Detroit's Royce da 5'9'' coming to Halifax on his Canadian tour

#WorldStar regular and friend of Eminem (freminem?) will play with local openers

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 2:09 PM

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Detroit rap heavyweight Royce da 5'9'' is coming to Halifax in May! The friend of Eminem (freminem?) from their duo Bad Meets Evil went on to work with some of the biggest names in hip-hop from Big Sean to TechN9ne to Common and more. His new album, Layers, will be out on April 15 and he continues to release collabs with some pretty dope people. Hitting four Atlantic cities (St. John's, Fredericton and Sydney), the Halifax show will feature Kelowna's Doug Crawford, as well as local openers who are currently competing via Facebook for the highest number of votes to open for Royce. Tickets are on sale now via etix and range from $25 (earlybird) to a VIP Meet & Greet package at $85, which gets you an autograph, a photo and no lineup. As Royce himself says, "I'm legendary, legen-legendary, I'm le-le-legendary." Don't sleep.



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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Songs to celebrate the life and music of Jay Smith

Halifax musicians share songs and stories about the late, great rock legend

Posted By on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 11:21 AM

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While on tour with Matt Mays in Edmonton, struggling with depression and addictions, Cape Breton songwriter and legendary Rock Ranger James 'Jay' Smith took his own life on March 27, 2013. Musical communities across Canada collectively mourned the loss of one of Nova Scotia's greatest rock musicians, known as the lead of Sydney's Rock Ranger, as the guitarist for Matt Mays & El Torpedo and for his award-winning solo record. Leaving a wife and two children, Smith's friends and colleagues raised over $200,000 to support his family through the loss with a benefit in his name. "Jay’s wit, charm and unparalleled love of music will never be forgotten," wrote Mays that year. "He was our brother and he will live in our hearts and songs forever.” 

This Thursday and Friday at The Carleton (1685 Argyle Street), where Smith played on numerous occasions, his songs will once again come to life through The Halifax All Stars, a collection of his longtime friends and fans who will perform the entirety of his 2011 self-titled debut, including Adam Baldwin, Brian Byrne, Mike Ryan, Dennis Ellsworth, Laura Merrimen and more. Proceeds from the event will go to the Mental Health Association of Nova Scotia on Thursday and the Unison Benevolent Fund on Friday, both of which provide support and resources to those suffering from mental illness, especially in the music community. Friends and the tribute's performers remember the life and spirit of Smith through his music. 
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"Cut and Dry" - Rock Ranger
"If had to pick a tune, it would be 'Cut and Dry' from Rock Ranger's first release," says Ian MacDougall (Tom Fun Orchestra). "Primarily because it rips but also because, for me, it's a blast of nostalgia. A really special music scene existed in Sydney in the early 2000s and Rock Ranger were central to that. It's basically what made me want to start playing music."


"Perfect View" - Jay Smith 
Local singers Kim Harris and longtime friend of Smith Mel Stone will perform "Perfect View" at The Carleton. This song appeared on the Rookie Blue soundtrack and also is, as Stone explains, "The country-tinged closing track from Jay's self-titled album. Like many of his songs, it takes on an entirely new context now that he's gone. I was lucky enough to know Jay for over a decade and this one song seems to sum up the complexities of a guy who really did feel everything: 'You can't see the light, / The blindfold's tied too tight with knots you can't undo, / Blocking a perfect view.'" 


"Shotgun (Windom Earle Mix)" - Rock Ranger

"Ever since I heard about The House of Rock (Rock Ranger and Slowcoaster's flop house in Sydney), I became a super-fan of the artistic community that they were cultivating in Cape Breton. At the time, I was a Cape Bretoner living in Charlottetown, but I wasn't very active in the local scene," says Windom Earle's Stephan MacLeod. "My friendship with Rock Ranger granted me access to spectacular shows, rambunctious afterparties and sleepy road trips. These experiences inspired me to make music, put on shows and informed everything I know about rock and roll." In January 2001, Smith and Rock Ranger would release a self-titled album of songs they'd been playing. "I was such a fan that I sampled a riff from 'Shotgun' and chopped it up into a silly remix featuring audio from the electronic voice alert system from a 1984 Chrysler New Yorker. I was shocked when the band included my remix as a hidden track on their first album," says MacLeod. "Jay was my hero and it was an honour to have my dumb song included on that incredible album." 


"Hurts Like Hell" - Jay Smith 

"These tributes are important in keeping the memory of Jay alive," says Cape Breton songwriter Carleton Stone, who will perform the sombre "Hurts Like Hell" with Dylan Guthro. "But also to continue to raise awareness around mental health issues within the music community." 


"Livin' a Lie" - Rock Ranger
"I really remember Jay coming out to our Emergency gigs in Cape Breton," says longtime rocker Joel Plaskett, performing as one of the All Stars on Friday night. "He was around in the late 90's Hermit days, as well. I recall a show where Rock Ranger opened the show and I was floored by Jay's guitar sound: his Gibson hollow body through a 50-watt Hiwatt. Dead simple and so mighty like ACDC. Jay's love for melodic songs and the spirit of rock and roll shone through in every conversation we had. His sense of humour was really endearing and unique. I never knew him as well as others, but we actually went back a long way. I still think about him all the time."
 

"LA Postcard" - The Space Age (cover) 
"It's a real special song," The Space Age's Andy Patil told The Coast last year, when the pop-punk trio put out this cover of Smith's "LA Postcard." Patil played in Matt Mays & El Torpedo with him. "When (Jay) first played the demo for me, it had such a post-punk spirit and he said, 'Andy, I can imagine you singing this song.' I told him if ever got my own band, we would play it." 


"When the Wheels Slow Down" - Jay Smith
"To know more about Jay, all you have to do is come to one of these shows. To me, that says it all. Jay was magnetic," says John Mullane (In-Flight Safety), who will perform his favourite Smith song, "LA Postcard," with The Halifax All Stars. His other favourite? "If REM, Wilco and Crowded House had a baby, they would name it 'When The Wheels Slow Down'," Mullane says. 



If you or someone you know is at any risk of self-harm, contact one of Nova Scotia's suicide crisis centresCommunity Mental Health Services, Addiction Services, or call the toll-free mental health hotline at 1-888-429-8167. Read about the Unison Benevolent Fund here. 


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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Hamilton punk band TV Freaks in Halifax for two shows only

Don't you dare change the channel on this one, dorks. No TIVO.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 12:31 PM

Where's the remote? - DON PYLE
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If you're a fan of The StoogesSub Pop's Pissed JeansBlack Flag or any good punk music at all, then you only have two chances to see TV Freaks this week and you better take them both. 

From Hamilton, I've spied that the band is here recording music over at Fun Dog. They play tonight at Plan B (2180 Gottingen Street, 8pm, $5, ALL-AGES) with Surveillance and Unreal Thought, and again on Thursday at Gus' Pub (2605 Agricola, 10pm, $7) with Alienation, Surveillance and Jake Thurgood. If you missed them at OBEY in 2014, then you'll wanna catch these re-runs. The Freaks just released a seven-inch on their label, Schizophrenic—two surfy loud power-jams. Don't you dare change that channel, dorks. 




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